The Paper file photo by Lori Poteet<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->Nathan Rogers has yet to play this year due to an injury. The Chargers are missing him.
The Paper file photo by Lori Poteet

Nathan Rogers has yet to play this year due to an injury. The Chargers are missing him.
The season did not start out according to plan for the North Montgomery Chargers. It actually started poorly even before basketball season was underway when senior Nathan Rogers went down with a shoulder injury. Rogers has not yet returned for the Chargers and that is pushing new faces into new roles.

The Chargers were overmatched in their opener against Speedway on the road. They will have to recover quickly for their home opener tonight against Harrison. Head coach Joel Grindle says he is taking one game at a time and has another big challenge with Harrison.

"We wanted to focus on this game before we moved on to the next one," said Grindle after Wednesday's game. "I expect to see a lot of the same things we saw (Wednesday). Harrison's really athletic. They'll try to get out and run. We'll see the press, a lot of speed, and drives to the basket. But our guys won't back down, and if they do, it'll be another long night."

There were good signs that came from the Chargers opener that they hope they can rely on early. The foremost thing that stood out was sophomore Grant Gaylor's ability to score the ball. Gaylor led the Chargers with 21 points on 9 of 18 shooting from the field. Senior Clay Cummings added 15 points for the Chargers who will benefit from the duo's inside presence against athletic teams like Harrison.

This game against Harrison will be the home opener for the Chargers. The junior varsity is scheduled to tip off at 6 p.m. tonight. Varsity will play after jv.